Web 2.0 Resources

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Here’s an expandable list of some helpful Web 2.0 educational tools and resources that have caught my eye.  I plan to add to this list as I come across other sites that seem especially helpful to me.

STUDY TOOLS:

Quizlet – a great tool for creating online flashcards, games, and learning experiences.

CueCard

ORGANIZATIONAL TOOLS:

Remember The Milk – Not really a “Web 2.0” resource, but a great Online To-Do List/Personal Organizer

Google Calendar

Zotero – free tool to collect, organize, cite, and share  research sources

BOOKMARKING SITES:

Symbaloo – Many readers of this blog will already be familiar with this tool. I just discovered it and am excited about this new way to organize my bookmarks visually with icons on my own personalized webpage. (I make this my homepage.)

ScoopIt

EdShelf

Diigo

Google Bookmarks

MASHUPS, DIGITAL PUBLISHING, and PRESENTATIONS:

Glogster – Students can create visual & audio mash-ups for various educational purposes.  (Also see Glogster EDU.)

VoiceThread – “Conversations in the Cloud”

Slideshare – Upload and share PowerPoint presentations

Joomag – Free digital magazine creator

PosterMyWall – Private classroom version available

Prezi

Popplet

HelloSlide

Vuvox

DIGITAL STORYTELLING:

PicLits

StoryBird

ZimmerTwins

Storyboard Generator

VoiceThread

Make Beliefs Comix

Smories

SlideStory

Clips from Netflix and YouTube are also great tools to use as discussion-starters and writing prompts.

VIDEO CREATION TOOLS:

Animoto

StupeFlix

XtraNormal

Cliplets

GoAnimate for Schools

AUDIO CREATION TOOLS:

Audacity

Wavosaur

FileLab Audio Editor

SCREEN CAPTURING TOOLS (Great for Instructional Video Creation):

Screencast-O-Matic

Camtasia – Screen recording and video editing software

Camstudio

SURVEYS AND POLLS

Kwiqpoll

Flisti

Urtak

PollDaddy

STUDENT BLOGGING:

KidBlog is based on a simplified version of the user-friendly WordPress interface. Teachers have full administrative control of the classroom blogs and all blogs are private and password protected. Kidblog is free and there are no ads.

EduBlogs is a widely used educational blogging site. Edublogs offers many options and themes. The embedded calendar is one of teachers’ favorite features. Edublogs also offers extensive support on its help pages. Although some features are free, other features require the user to subscribe to various packages.

Weebly is a popular site that enables teachers to create a free class website with up to 40 student blogs. Weebly also offers many features and themes.

21Classes offers more features and options than some of the free educational blogging tools, but a classroom subscription costs $79 per year.

Classblogmeister contains fewer bells and whistles, but is still a popular educational blogging tool. One popular feature of ClassBlogmeister is the teacher moderation tools. No student posts or comments are published until the teacher has given approval.

WEBSITE CREATION:

Google Sites

Wix

Weebly

OTHER WEB 2.0 TOOLS:

Wordle – toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide

Hohli Online Charts Builder

Gliffy – Create free diagrams

PDF Creator

Tiki-Toki (Web-Based Timelines)

XTimeLine (another web-based timeline creator)

HANDY TOOLS:

Online Countdown Timer – I like to use this handy and convenient countdown timer in the classroom – posting it on my Promethean Board.

ONLINE CONTENT RESOURCES:

Free Educational Videos

Pennsylvania Dept. of Education Standards Aligned Systems – Rich resource for teachers by PDE

Wonderopolis – Brief educational articles & videos on all kinds of topics

LibriVox – Free audio books for the public domain

Expressivo – Text to Speech Software

Google Earth

EDUCATIONAL USES OF TECHNOLOGY

User-Generated Content in Education – This wiki book discusses various tools and strategies for using user-generated content in education.

Centre for Learning and Performance Technologies – A resource on using technology in education

K12Online – Annual online presentations about using tech in education

Classroom 2.0 – Social network for those interested in Web 2.0 tools

Cool Cat Teacher Blog – a blog about using new web tools in education

COLLABORATION TOOLS:

Wiggio

Mind42

MySimpleSurface

Skype for Your Classroom

TitanPad

Dweeber

Scribblar

Twiddla

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